The test and measurement industry is undergoing major change due to the increased use of automation and new devices, among other things, so calibration professionals are now experiencing dramatically increased workloads. A new study identifies the challenges calibration professionals face today, how they are addressing them, and what they believe the challenges will be in the future.

Fluke Calibration conducted this survey among calibration professionals, most of whom perform more than 750 calibrations per year. The survey revealed that 54% are coping with fewer resources while their workload has increased. Most calibration professionals also say they are trying to meet the demand for more calibration with fewer skilled technicians.

source: Fluke calibration

One stark finding: 49% of calibration professionals say they will either retire or change careers in the next five years.

Next, 52% of respondents said that better performance is one of the most challenging aspects of calibration work today. This was followed by the need for faster calibration (48%) and concern about using outdated equipment (47%).

On a positive note, the survey found that many calibration laboratories and service providers are investing more in training to address the skills gap. These calibration facilities also rely more on automation software to speed up calibration and ensure consistent processes.

According to Bill Gaviria, electrical/RF product program manager at Fluke Calibration, the study’s findings are consistent with what the company has heard from engineers.

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